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Circulars dated:   2/4/24

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Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 2 April 2024

Part One - A full listing for the coming 5 weeks
Part Two - none this time
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Sunday 14 April 2024 7.45pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Best known for his sublime voice and for the myriad of fist class folk musicals he has written (e.g. The Voyage, A Day's Work, The Navvy's Wife), Mick has found a consummate musical partner in Paul Downes, a truly outstanding guitarist and singer, who has twice appeared with Show of Hands at The Albert Hall. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Tuesday 16 April 2024 8pm - Si Barron - Bradninch Folk Club, Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN  
Making a welcome return to the Club, Si is one of the finest interpreters of English folk song. His modest demeanour, impeccable appearance, and great sense of humour all underpin the great respect he has for the songs he loves. His warm rich vocal delivery and distinctive guitar style are a treat, and he is also a mean performer on the pedal organ. £8 on door, U18 free subject so space. BYO refreshments. Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk, contact 01392 881105,

Thursday 18 April 2024 8pm - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Steeped in the lineage of British folk and American guitar music, taking his cue from Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Ry Cooder, Smith has evolved and pioneered a transatlantic blend of guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid songwriting, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music. Tickets on sale 18 or 19 October.

Thursday 18 April 2024 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Reg Meuross was introduced onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall by Mike Harding as “one of this country’s finest” and is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best, captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, and with breadth and depth of material that is unparalleled. After 15 critically-acclaimed albums, Reg continues to prove how highly relevant his songs are, whilst reaching new audiences with consistently spellbinding performances.  Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 18 April 2024 8pm - Alex Taylor - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Taylor is one of the shining lights of the acoustic scene and a troubadour of world-class standing. Splicing elements of soul, nu-folk and electronica, with original and dynamic use of guitar, loop pedal and effects. “Sublime… Buckley-esque singer songwriter” – Time Out; “Echoes of Bill Withers’ jazzy folky soul” – Q Magazine. Free.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 19 April 2024 8pm - Black Friday - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
All aboard the good ship Black Friday – join her crew and captain Tom for another stormy crossing of the Celtic sea of folk-punk. Their music is influenced by their Irish and Cornish roots and their folk heroes. Catchy original songs and take on folk favourites by the likes of Flogging Molly and Pogues will keep you dancing all night. £5.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 19 April 2024 8pm - Tim Edey - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Tim Edey is one of the world's finest ever Melodeon and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today. His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience - chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius. Details www.thelittleboxoffice.com/liveandacoustic.

Friday 19 April 2024 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Reg Meuross was introduced onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall by Mike Harding as “one of this country’s finest” and is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. Captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, and with breadth and depth of material that is unparalleled. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Friday 19 April 2024 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Crediton Parish Church, Church St, Crediton EX17 2AH
A new partnership between the Arts Centre, Crediton Heart Project and Holy Cross Parish Church enables us to attract prestigious artists to a larger venue, the beautiful setting of the Parish Church in Crediton. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are nothing less than folk royalty. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife team have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Details

NEW Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Alex Hart + band - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Described by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe as “the Stevie Nicks of Folk”. Following the success of Alex’s debut album, her voice and musicianship caught the eye of legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre, who asked Alex to be a part of his band as a musician and vocalist for their European and international tour dates. Alex also collaborates and performs alongside Seth Lakeman, Alex’s voice as well her multi-instrumental playing features heavily on his brand-new album. £13.50. Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Spring Barn Dance with Fresh Aire - Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3EE
Caller: Simon Maplesden. A fun evening with free
light refreshments. £10 on door, or call 01404 758128 to book. Full club details see www.gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)  
The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Details www.calstockarts.org/whats-on.

Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Martha Tilston - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martha has constantly experimented with her musical parameters. From folk songs she has known since childhood to piano ballads, electronica and trip-hop. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Monday 22 April 2024 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
After seventeen years of touring the world recording with major names in Celtic and contemporary roots, Tim is now a name on the global stage in his own right. He is one of the world's finest melodeon and guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today! Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

NEW Thursday 25 April 2024 7.30pm - Peggy Seeger in conversation with Sam Richards - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Sold out Thursday 25 April 2024 7.30pm - Kate Rusby: Est. 1973 Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange

Friday 26 April 2024 7.30pm - Folk for Ukraine -  St Andrew’s Church, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton PL20 7NA
Fundraising event featuring the Ukrainian Singers of Plymouth, Ben Campbell and Silvington. Tickets £10 from antonhorwich@aol.com, £12 door.

Friday 26 April 2024 7.30pm - 'Behold, Ye Ramblers' - Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TA
Townsend Theatre are bringing to Lustleigh a new play with music and songs, celebrating the famous Clarion Ramblers and their mission to escape their overcrowded homes and factories. These Edwardian pioneers campaigned for the Right to Roam on their surrounding moors, which brought conflict with the local landowners and gamekeepers, but huge benefits to ordinary working people. Using the songs of and words of the ramblers, cyclists and choirs that were inspired by the campaign, this will be a fascinating evening that entertains and informs and with a story relevant to our need to embrace the countryside as it is today. Presented by the The Lustleigh Entertainment and Arts Project (LEAP). Tickets £12 (U16 £6) from The Dairy or ticketsource. Licensed bar.

Friday 26 April 2024 7.30pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
Multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. They comprise a two person ‘orchestra’ playing up to 13 instruments in their unique live show. They combine their folk and rock roots with electronica and classical with Genesis founder Steve Hackett calling their music “Powerful and inspiring”. www.theblackheartorchestra.com. Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/creditonartscentre.

NEW Friday 26 April 2024 8pm - The Dunwells - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Successful Leeds based Indie-folk / Americana band with strong vocals, powerful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. £18.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 26 April 2024 9pm - Wildwood Jack - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Expect contemporary folk played with outstanding acoustic guitar and ukulele that will be sure to inspire and uplift you. £5.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2024 9pm - Lost Revellers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Four piece original folk band from East Sussex. Their music draws on 30s jazz, tango, celtic and Eastern-European folk, and mixes traditional instruments with polyphonic electric string and synth sounds. Jazz and blues infused violin solos intertwine with soaring accordion melodies, infectious bass riffs and fiery percussion to make a unique fusion. £5. Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 27 April 2024 7pm - Mike Silver - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Singer songwriter of over 50 years, Mike's songs are of longing, love and loss, perceptive and thoughtful, with haunting melodies and heart stopping lyrics. With a voice that is as warm and inviting as the fire in the fireplace on a cold winter’s night, Mike is an outstanding treasure amidst the crowd. Support: David Clement & Phoebe Jane - both accomplished singers in their own right, their journey as a duo is just beginning with an eclectic mix of genres centred around the guitar with both thoughtful covers of well known songs and original songwriting. Details www.circletopsham.com. 50% of all profits donated to the Alzheimers Society & Estuary League of Friends.

Saturday 27 April 2024 - Millbrook Folk Club: Wildwood Jack - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook PL10 1AX
Husband and wife duo Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, brought together by a love of music in 1991. With their genuinely expert blend of Americana, bluegrass and world music, they've been travelling the world since selling their home in 2013 to live the life as troubadours bringing an intimate, heartwarming and adventurous spirit to their music and to audiences wherever they play. Unreserved seating. Inexpensive bottle bar. Tickets £12 from Millbrook News, at Millbrook Folk Club on 19 April, or on door (subject to availability). Online tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/millbrook-folk-club. Doors/bar 7.30pm.

Saturday 27 April  2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Banned From The Moor - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. www.moormusic.co.uk/dartmoorpixieband.html.  BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 27 April 2024 7.30pm - Peggy Seeger in Conversation - Church Hall, 4 Market Street, Okehampton EX20 1HN
An intimate conversation with a unique artist who has carved a special place in the folk music of both the UK and the USA. Come to hear Peggy talk about her formative years, her experiences in a musically rich family, and her collaborations with major figures in the folk scene. Now in her late 80s, Peggy’s light burns as brightly as ever. This is an unmissable event for fans of folk music, and anyone inspired by the power of art to drive social change. Admission £12 (£9 concessions). Contact Wren Music on 01837 53754; info@wrenmusic.co.uk; www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 27 April 2024 7.30pm  - Seven Drunken Nights - Princess Theatre, Torquay
A hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of The Dubliners back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour. Details www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay.

Sunday 28 April 2024 7.45pm - Linde Nijland & Bert Ridderbos - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
details tba
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 1 May 2024 8pm - Old Baby Mackerel - Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ
Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a dizzying line-up of renowned UK Bluegrass musicians. Their music uses the rhythmic sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and double bass. Details & tickets: https://fougoumusic.com/fougoufolk.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2024 - Kathryn Priddy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Over the past three years, Priddy has quietly been building a growing following, captivating audiences around the UK with her haunting vocals, rich harmonies, distinctive finger picking guitar style and enchanting songs whose lyrics celebrate her life-long love affair with literature and poetry. She has been championed by BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and her debut EP 'Wolf' was chosen by Richard Thompson as his Best Thing I've Heard All Year in MOJO Magazine in 2018. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW 3-5 May 2024 - Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for the third Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender at Exeter Phoenix. Friday: dub-reggae group The Barefoot Bandit will make you want to dance; Saturday: Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet will bring everything from big-band swing to Alabama blues-tinged folk; Sunday: headlined by Mad Dog Mcrea themselves. Plus more tba. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 3 May 2024 8pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Keith James brings you an evening of Leonard Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Details www.calstockarts.org/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 4 May 2024 - Elephant Sessions - Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Multi award winning Neo-trad quintet from the Highlands of Scotland. MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards: Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014, Album of the Year 2017, Live Act of the Year 2018. Details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk/events/elephantsessions.

NEW Monday 6 May 2024 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
One of the UK’s favourite folk duos, husband and wife Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman understand the importance of coming together as they live in a small village themselves. They bring a variety of songs and stories, based in tradition, presented in an intimate, friendly style. With a simple setup of guitar, piano and vocals they present an evening of pure emotion, shared experience and sheer joy in what they do. Details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 8 May 2024 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/limited seats. Hayseed Dixie are back – with their own unique genre, Rockgrass. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Friday 31 May 2024 10.30am-4.30pm - National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Day - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NYFE Open Days are a great opportunity for young people between the ages of 12 to 18 who live in England and who have confidence playing their chosen instrument. The event will have music workshops with skilled professionals, a Q&A regarding the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and lots of outlets for individual and group creativity. These Open Days will allow individuals to take part in a band for a day, and to explore folk music with other young people passionate about music! Full details www.efdss.org/learning/young-people/national-youth-folk-ensemble (Open Days link). Free, but booking required.

Coming later at Topsham Folk Club (details www.wegottickets.com/TopshamFolkClub):
Sunday 12 May 8pm - Nick Hart & Tom Moore
Sunday 9 June 8pm - Bryony Griffiths & Alice Jones
Sunday 15 September 8pm - Chris Wood
Sunday 3 November 8pm - Blowzabella

Early booking advised at Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map):
Saturday 28 September 7.30pm
- Mad Dog Mcrea
Saturday 7 December 7.30pm - An evening with Mark Chadwick (from The Levellers)
Details www.calstockhall.com/events.


Coming up in 2024 at Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The live music events at Otterton Mill are held outside under the stars in the courtyard during the summer. Ticket price covers music only; pre-booking required. Doors 6pm. Food (pre-booking not required) served 6pm to 7.30pm. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.
Thursdays at 8pm
6 June - Guy Tortora. Distinctive songwriter / guitarist
20 June -
The Rigmarollers. Original & classic: Ragtime, blues, jazz and jug band music
11 July - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. Modern British folk
25 July - Martin Harley Trio. Roots / Blues / Slide guitar
15 August - Mark Harrison. Singer-songwriter / Acoustic blues with folk influences
29 August - Edwina Hayes. Singer-songwriter | English Folk and Americana
5 September -
Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi. Americana, ragtime, blues and country

A few more distant dates that might be of interest:
Monday 13 May 2024 7.30pm - Steeleye Span -
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton
The 55th Anniversary Tour 2024 www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/whats-on.
Friday/Saturday 20/21 June 2024 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Friday 20 September 2024 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
www.cabaretvoltaireevents.com. Early bird tickets available.
Saturday 28 September 2024 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.


Sid Valley Radio Folk Show
Mondays 6-8pm. The Folk Show with Steve and Barry. www.sidvalleyradio.co.uk.
If you know of any other folk shows on local (online) radio, please let me know the details.

Revd Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary
2024 marks the centenary of the death of the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould who was squire and parson of Lewtrenchard in Devon. He was an early collector and recorder of folk tunes and songs from the West Country such as “Widecombe Fair”. He also wrote and translated many hymns and carols such as “Onward Christian Soldiers”. See www.sbgcentenary.co.uk for details of various events (concerts, talks etc.) celebrating the Revd., including a series of 4 concerts telling his story by Mike Bosworth at St Mary the Virgin's church in Denbury nr Newton Abbot during 2024 (28/1, 14/4, 21/7, 3/11 - details to follow in the main listings).


Bicton Inn in Exmouth
The Bicton Inn at 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU has a regular monthly music programme of various genres including folk; usually: 3rd Thursday - Acoustic folk with Becky Brooks; 4th Thursday - Bicton folk night (recently updated contact no. 07876 064108). www.bictoninn.co.uk.

[3/12/23] Craig Taylor (from Diptford) writes:
"I am looking for a couple of tune players - fiddle/accordion to start up a working band. I am Australian (for my sins) so think it’ll definitely be a Bush Band (compared to the finesse of the ceilidh calling/dancing). Please contact by email ct@wellmusic.co.uk or call 07786 296325."

Session news
Wednesday 25 October 2023 8pm - Lympstone Folk - Change of venue
We're still meeting on the fourth Wednesday at 8, but the Redwing pub in Lympstone is now closed and awaiting new owners. We are therefore currently meeting at the Swan, next to the railway station, until further notice.

Ashburton Arts Centre
Another multi-genre arts centre, described by The Guardian as "One of the best small live music venues in the UK". Up and running in an old chapel since 2018. Again, I only list the folkier events there, but see https://ashburtonarts.org.uk/ for more information on a very busy programme. Many events are priced on a 'pay what you can afford' sliding scale.

Regular klezmer and East European sessions at Ashburton
Ashburton Arts Centre will be hosting klezmer and East European sessions every 2nd Monday of the month, starting 9/10/23. Free admission. Led by Družba www.klezmer-devon.com, we’ll start off in the slow lane for the less experienced at 7 followed by the main session at 8. For details of tunes please email bunelik@gmail.com. All acoustic instruments and abilities welcome to join in, learn tunes, listen, or dance. Note that diatonic instruments such as melodeons, tin whistle, etc will need accidentals to play in keys such as G minor, D minor. If unsure, email above. Real ale bar. Full details www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/regular-activities/klezmer-east-european-session.

Tom Brown R.I.P.
A stalwart of the West Country traditional music scene with his wife Barbara, Tom sadly passed away on 30 August 2023. Tom and Barbara supported one of our concerts in Harberton back in 2001. Our thoughts, love and deepest sympathies are with Barbara and their family.


Raddon Hill Clog Morris...
...invite you to Free Evening Taster Sessions at Kingsteignton Community Hall, TQ12 3LP, 8.00-9.30pm on Tuesdays 5th September and 3rd October 2023. For further information please call Triss or Ron on 01626 367173, see www.raddonhillclogmorris.co.uk, or email info@raddonhillclogmorris.co.uk. Membership works out at approximately £1 a practice session.

I've managed to have a fairly major updating session at the full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk which now include events as far ahead as June 2024. In my e-circulars I usually list the upcoming events for the next 2 months at most, but some events are so popular that they sell out weeks or even months in advance, so it's well worth a quick glance through the whole Diary on the website, even if it's just to get your favourite seats at your venue of choice.


Part One - Other stuff - Map link corrections
but I have made important changes affecting the whole of the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website and many of the entries included in these circulars.
These changes concern the Streetmap.co.uk map links I use. It came to my attention recently that many of my links no longer worked - my apologies for this! Streetmap.co.uk had changed the way their links worked. I have made corresponding corrections and - fingers crossed! - hopefully any map link you see will now work again.

East Devon session news: Tale Valley Folk Sessions...
...have just celebrated their first anniversary. www.facebook.com/TaleValleyFolkSessions. Sessions take place on the first Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm at the Nog Inn, Feniton EX14 3BT the third Sundays 12-3pm at the Talaton Inn EX5 2RQ.

Wild Goose Choir - A new folk-based community choir in South Brent
Freya Harbottle writes: "I'm soon to be starting a new folk-based community choir. The first session will be on Tuesday 6th June (7 to 9pm) and the choir will run on a regular weekly basis at The Village Hall in South Brent. We'll be learning material from across the folk canon, from the very traditional to the contemporary. Open to ages 18+. No previous choir experience required. Get in touch for more info or to book a free taster session: freyaharbottle@gmail.com.

Commonplace Creative Retreats
Miranda Sykes and Hannah Martin are running creative retreats based in a beautiful ancient farmhouse in Totnes. Each retreat is linked to the seasons, and will feature craft sessions, lots of lovely seasonal food, and an exclusive informal concert from SykesMartin to close the day.
The next event they have planned is their Beltane retreat on April 29th, with dates also in the diary for Summer Solstice (June 24th) and Midwinter (December 9th) events later in the year. Full info at: https://sykesmartin.bandzoogle.com/commonplace-creative-retreats.


The Beehive Folk Café - Bi-monthly at Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Free, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by folk singer Sue King. Everyone welcome to come along to perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050. Next date: Wednesday 15 March 2023 7.30pm.

If you'd like to read and learn more about many aspects of folk throughout the West Country and beyond. then check out the following:
Free entries in Folklife's online free-to-all Directory (incl. Zoom): www.folklife-directory.uk, entry forms on site.
Folklife West folk magazine (56 A4 pages) printed & posted (paid-for) - or free online!
Read or download: www.folklife.uk, Members' News, Festivals Diary; www.folklife-traditions.uk, researched articles + archive.
Plus Updates on www.folklife.uk/updates & you can sign up for our free emailed Newsletter.
Contact sam@folklife.uk.

Folk Club News
Brixham Folk Club
now meets on the first Friday of the month at The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 9DH. www.facebook.com/Brixham-Folk-Club-1210249625809406, 7.30pm start, £2 performers, £3 non-performers.

Plymouth Community Folk Orchestra - Reminder
Tuesday mornings 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19 July - 11am to 12.30pm. £8 per session. Concession available
At Emmanuel Church Hall, Compton Avenue, (corner of Mannamead Road) Plymouth, PL3 5BZ
Make a big band, make some music, have some fun! All levels of ability welcome. Play music from Devon and beyond. Develop music skills and learning by ear. Play in harmony. Scores and sound files provided. The Community Folk Orchestra is ‘open’ - so, there are no auditions and all are welcome to come along. Participants can join at any time. You will, however, need an acoustic instrument, some enthusiasm and a willingness to participate! For more information contact David Faulkner 07967 121985 / david.eelgrinders@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/PlymouthCommunityFolkOrchestra.

Exmouth Folk Club
The Club has resumed its regular 4th Sunday meets, 7-10pm at the GWRSA Railway Club, 3-5 Royal Avenue, Exmouth EX8 1EN.
For more information call Chris Austin 07812 688432. Free admission, all performers and supporters welcome, acoustic only. Real ales are served and there is parking and level access. www.facebook.com/groups/exmouthfolk.

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
I've always thought of Lyme Regis being well outside my normal coverage (loosely defined as "within a 30-mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies" or "the southern half of Devon), but Google Earth tells me that the town is only about 39 miles in the former category - and the Marine Theatre is putting on a great programme of major folk concerts these days, with some of the acts probably not coming any further west on their tours, so I will give the venue a listing from time to time. The main one below caught my eye in Steve Cunio's 'Sadfolk' (www.sadfolk.co.uk) latest Somerset & Dorset email circular listings as Harberton Folk put on Blazin' Fiddles at the Ariel Centre in Totnes way back in 2003 and 2005:


Eliza Carthy & Saul Rose: I've been enjoying lots of music on Youtube and only recently came across a 2014 concert performed by Eliza & Saul in St. George's Church, Headstone, Harrow which reminded me of the wonderful show they did for us at Harberton Parish Hall back in January 2001.
Enjoy the high quality video and audio at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef22ID0qb0Q&list=PLjeyCtW07nIs5YQ41j9ASZwKUHlpMJprk&index=1.

Cecil Sharp's People.org.uk
A one-stop website for all the singers, musicians and dancers who met Cecil Sharp, as he travelled around England collecting folk music and dance between 1903-23. You can read about their lives. Over 650 individuals in hundreds of locations. They were working people – agricultural labourers, glovers, laundresses, sailors, shoemakers etc. Their stories should be told! https://cecilsharpspeople.org.uk.

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC folk show host presented a weekly show of his own online from 30 December 2012 to 22 October 2017 (over 250 programmes), and since then has presented further roughly monthly shows which still continue. All 270+ shows are available as podcasts at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SaDFolk) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
SaDFolk always includes full details of upcoming events, workshops and courses at Halsway Manor in Somerset which is owned by the Halsway Manor Society who operate the manor as a national centre for the folk arts, the only residential folk centre in the UK.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."

A quick note on what gets listed below (and in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
The listings are of course primarily intended for 'folk' events; they will occasionally include Americana, blues and other genres, particularly if the event organisers have taken the trouble to send me material. Be assured though, they will never include tribute bands! (excellent though many of these are) These e-circulars usually cover the full Diary for the coming 4 to 5 weeks, while the website Diary is completely open-ended.

Frequency of these emails
I used to try to get these emails out once a week, but now they seem to be every 10-14 days. Perhaps that's not a bad thing - reducing the information overload - but it does mean that contributors need to give me as much notice as possible to hopefully ensure that their items can be included in good time. JC

Changing your subscription details:
If you change your email, or decide that you don't want to get these messages any longer, please scroll right to the bottom of any Harberton Folk e-circular where you will find links to the Mailchimp system which will enable you to make the appropriate changes.
[this exact wording borrowed from a recent SaDFolk email (Somerset and Dorset Folk) - see Part Two below]

Important Admin note: Email delivery problems

I've had problems sending the previous two circulars to 190+ addresses (mainly BTInternet, BTOpenworld, Yahoo, Sky, AOL, plus a few others, all of which use the Yahoo email platform). The circulars have been soft-bounced, i.e. rejected, on both recent occasion by most of those addresses "for policy reasons".
When the same address soft-bounces several circulars in succession, MailChimp (the system I use to send circulars) eventually hard-bounces that address, i.e. permanently removes it from the circulation and I, as Admin, cannot then reinstate that address, although the person in question can re-subscribe themself.
This has happened a couple of times over the last 12 months and I have no real idea why it happens, so it's very difficult trying to do anything about it. But this present circular is a trial inasmuch as it employs simpler formatting with less complex underlying code in the hope this may increase the acceptance rate.

In the interim I have been communicating directly with the 190+ about this problem and I would like to thank the large number of them who very helpfully responded to my last communication when I sent a copy of the latest missing circular as a PDF file attachment, apparently successfully, whereas an attempt to simply forward a copy of the original circular to a test group of 10 addresses failed.

Several people also mentioned that they had an alternative email address which could be used for receiving the circulars - and I would ask anyone in this position to please use the 'update subscription preferences' link at the very foot of any circular to update their email address in the MailChimp data base accordingly. Should you no longer be able to access any original circular, I can update your email address for you on request (but it's best if you do it yourself if possible).
If you change to a Gmail address, please note that my circulars may arrive in your Promotions inbox folder.

It remains to be seen whether the 190+ will actually receive this circular.

[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
Or simply reply to this email and ask me to re-subscribe you.
You can view Harberton Folk's GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy on the website.
Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
If you would like to continue receiving Harberton Folk email circulars...
...you must confirm your consent to do so - or your contact details will soon be removed from the circulation
I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.

Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"